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Monday, 2 March 2015

One Day the House Will be Tidy...

Is there anything more inspiring than a home emerging from the drab cocoon that was winter and into an oasis of freshly scrubbed loveliness for the summer months ahead? It's this thought that motivates me to make a start on the house just as soon as we've welcomed in the New Year. The promise of lazy afternoons reading in the garden, days out, picnics, barbecues and evenings outside the pub is a delightful one. All we need is some warmer weather and while I'm waiting, the house is a welcome distraction as it's still so cold outside.
In January and February I plan to declutter the entire house from top to bottom and offload the stuff we no longer need. I made a start in the office back in January and it was going rather well. During the process I emptied the shredder no less than 8 times and burnt out the motor, spent another hour hoovering errant paper shreds that didn't make it into the bin bag and got covered in papery bits by the time I'd finished. But onwards and upwards, my spirit wasn't broken just yet.

Once the girls returned to university their bedrooms were straightened out in no time at all. Next I moved on to the dining room and worked through the lounge while listening to a random assortment of CDs that hadn't seen the light of day for some time. This was a welcome distraction. Yesterday I finished the kitchen cupboards, washed our expensive wine glasses coated in a fine layer of dust, wondered why I'd held onto so many birthday cake candles accumulated over 20 years of twin birthdays and vowed to use up several packets and jars that were slightly beyond their sell-by dates. Why do I promise to deal with these issues when I spot them and then fail to tackle anything for the rest of the year? I also discovered a pack of dark chocolate gingers stashed in the back of the cupboard that were 6 months past their sell-by date and ever so slightly soft, but still delicious when dunked in the numerous cups of coffee I rewarded myself with throughout the day.

Thoughts of summer may be tantalising, but the reality of how willing I am to commit to domesticity far outweighs how much will be achieved. If I had to grade myself on wanting to finish the tasks I've set, I'd have to award myself an F.

For every room I restore to its former glory, another area unravels and I have to add this to the list of things that require my attention. Yes, this will look perfect in return for several hours of my time, but the sad realisation is that the tasks are more demanding than I'd thought and this leaves me questioning my sanity. I'm convinced for every mind-numbing task completed, at least 2 more appear. This makes me weary and unconvinced that the oasis of  minimalist calm where we're all caught up on all the niggly household tasks we've ignored for the past year or so is achievable.

I know that the chores need to be done but I'd rather be doing anything else instead. Right now Sophia's bedroom looks like this:

And I wouldn't mind, but it was one of the rooms I'd crossed off the list before Mr A commandeered it as a workshop while revamping the bathroom. So far the bathroom has taken 6 weeks and can only be described as a work in progress. We're getting there, but progress is slow and painful.

Will the house be a fragrant, minimalist haven by the time summer rolls around? Watch this space. Right now, I'm not overly optimistic. 

Until next time...

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  1. Oh that must feel so rewarding getting all of that done! I'm on a bit of a mission myself at the moment, but with my lot still being so young it's a rather slow task!! x

  2. Yay for someone with a house less tidy than mine! I so agree with you about the decluttering. Our house is desperately in need of it, I just need to clear my diary for an entire week to make a start....or perhaps a month? x

  3. Housekeeping is definitely not my forte! I do a tiny bit there and here and only sort out cupboards and such like when I can't find something.

  4. I frequently feel like this too. I love to clean and get organized but it's so fleeting! I'm not willing to let it all go though so I keep pressing on. :)

  5. It is so satisfying when one room is done but amazing how quick it all gets undone again. I had a mammoth clean the other week and got the spare room cleared - and then had to do it again this week as I'd slipped back into using it as a store room. Hope you manage to tick the jobs off your list by the time summer rolls around and hope the bathroom is finished soon.

  6. Oh no! I totally know the feeling, especially the flipping bathroom! We have had a bath, toilet and sink on our decking for several weeks now. They don't appear to be edging any closer to the spot where they belong ;)

  7. Yes, yes and thrice yes! This is my endless battle. I don't mind toys all over the floor as they all have a place, it's all the miscellaneous stuff...I hope your bathroom is done by...Christmas?! x

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